LAS VEGAS--Set-top box manufacturers have the ability to make multiple services available through a single consumer premises unit, but when it comes to the approaching 4K storm, they "ought to be worried," according to Benoit Fouchard, ATEME's chief strategy officer. Alternatives to STBs are being developed to meet the 4K demand, particularly by smart TV manufacturers, and a new 4K channel launching in Korea on Thursday bypasses the set-top box for a 4K-ready TV.
Roku has teamed up with TCL and Hisense to produce a variety of co-branded TV sets, and the company said the devices will be in stores in the U.S. and Canada this fall.
This year's Consumer Electronics Show is all about ultra-HD as TV manufacturers roll out new TV models and programmers announce they're creating and offering more content in the new format. Comcast, DirecTV, M-GO and Amazon will be among the initial partners that will deliver a package of Ultra HD content to Samsung Electronics' new line of 4K TVs.
Roku, the maker of an online video streaming set-top box and HDMI dongle, said it will work with two Chinese TV set manufacturers this year to build its software directly into "actual TV" sets.
The idea of mixing and matching traditional TV--or at least traditional IPTV--with online video is taking off in Europe. Swedish telecom and IPTV service provider Com Hem plans to launch a multiscreen service to 1.74 million households this spring using TiVo, and in Germany, smart TV app Panorama TV is attracting millions of views.
Connected TVs from consumer electronics manufacturers such as LG, Samsung and Sony will be in 87 million U.S. homes, according to a Parks Associates study commissioned by interactive program guide technology developer Rovi.
More than 18 million U.S. households had a smart TV at the end of 2011, and rising adoption of this device, combined with changing entertainment consumption habits, creates new challenges for pay-TV providers.
Yet another reported Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) smart TV sighting has the Internet abuzz. According to the Cult of Mac, the long-awaited connected TV is similar in appearance to existing Cinema Displays,
Smart TV app publisher Flingo, which in February announced it raised $7 million in a funding round led by VC firm August Capital, today said it added another $1 million to the total with the help of
Got a connected TV? Or, a connected device that connects your TV to the Internet? Join the crowd. New research from Leichtman Research Group says that 38 percent of all U.S. households now have at